Japan and U.S. collaborate to strengthen paramedical capabilities of the MNDF Coast Guard


     Malé, March 11, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Maldives held a paramedic training for the MNDF Coast Guard Dive & Salvage Unit in Malé on the 9th and 10th March 2021. Sixteen divers successfully completed a two-day intensive training led by Mr. Cory Garlock and Mr. Kyle Coughenour from the Civil Military Support Team of the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka.
              Last November, the Government of Japan extended a grant of USD 7.6 million to the Government of Maldives to provide Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) communication equipment to strengthen the operation of the Coast Guard in Search & Rescue and Maritime Security as well as professional dive equipment to support the Coast Guard Divers. In order to complement this assistance, the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka provided the paramedic training to the Coast Guard Divers who are the first responders to all maritime accidents.
     Japan and the United States remain committed to enduring friendship with the Maldives and will continue to work together to advance prosperity and ensure safety and security of the people in our countries, the region and beyond.